JOINT RELEASE: Education Coalition Applauds Record Results from the Class of 2018
May 22, 2019
Education Coalition Applauds Record Results from the Class of 2018
Graduation rates, credential rates, TOPS eligibility at record highs
NEW ORLEANS, LA– A coalition of education advocates, including Democrats for Education Reform Louisiana, New Schools for New Orleans, the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools, the Urban League of Louisiana, and the Alliance for Diversity and Excellence, are proud to applaud the Class of 2018 for record achievements with regard to graduation rates, credential rates, and TOPS eligibility.
“I want to commend students, teachers, school leaders, as well as the district and state leaders for working diligently year after year and continuously exceeding expectations,”said DFER LA State Director Eva Kemp. “These recently released results serve as a proof point that we are continuing to make progress across the state and especially right here in New Orleans. While we celebrate the Class of 2018’s achievements we must pursue further improvements toward educational excellence. What’s most notable to me are the numbers around TOPS eligibility–as more students are graduating from high school with higher scores and more credentials, it makes sense that more students are accessing critical higher education scholarships. For those scholarships to remain sustainable, we must continue to offer a wide range of meaningful and equitable funding pathways for students that will allow them to reach even higher achievements.”
“The latest graduation rates show the progress our schools are making for all students, especially those who are economically disadvantaged and those with disabilities. By improving attendance, strengthening school culture, and offering quality Career & Technical Education, our schools are taking action to make sure our students graduate and have great post-graduation opportunities. These significant achievements bring us immense hope, and drive the momentum that makes New Orleans stronger each year than it was the year before,” stated Patrick Dobard, CEO for New Schools for New Orleans.
“To see Louisiana graduation rates at an all time high deserves nothing less than a standing ovation for educators, policy makers and students across our state,” said Caroline Roemer, Executive Director of the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools.“These results are a proof point for what is possible after more than a decade of reforms that not only focused on students first, but also raised the bar for student achievement. Moreover, these results reflect a belief we know to be true–that all students can succeed, no matter their background. Louisiana is on track to ensuring that all students are headed in the right direction with options that include college and career pathways.”
“The increase in statewide high school graduation rates demonstrates what can be accomplished when school leaders, educators, parents and students work together to change the status quo, especially for communities of color,” said Judy Reese Morse, President and CEO of the Urban League of Louisiana.“We encourage public education stakeholders to build on this accomplishment by strengthening career and college options for scholars after high school,” she said.
“These significant graduation results show that our students can achieve great results and continue to make progress. We are thrilled about the accomplishments that our students are making to push the bar of excellence,” said Jamar McKneely, President and Founder of the Alliance for Diversity and Excellence.
According to the Louisiana Department of Education, “more Louisiana students than ever before graduated from high school in four years in 2018…more graduates than ever before also achieved college credits and highly valued industry credentials, and earned Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS) scholarships, making the Class of 2018 the highest achieving in state history.”
You can read more about the results and explore the data here.
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